Filipino fight legend Manny Pacquiao has made his retirement official as he swaps punching for politics.
Last week, Pacquiao launched his long-awaited bid to become President of the Philippines, representing the PDP-Laban political party in his native land, and on Wednesday morning the eight-division champion confirmed that his incredible boxing career has now drawn to a close with a 14-minute highlight video on his Facebook page entitled, ‘Good bye boxing’.
“Boxing has always been my passion. I was given the opportunity of representing the Philippines, bringing fame and honour to my country every time I entered the ring. I am grateful for all of my accomplishments and the opportunity to inspire the fans,” said an emotional Pacquiao in his retirement message.
“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today, I am announcing my retirement. I never thought that this day would come. As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people, for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye, boxing.
“Thank you for changing my life, when my family was desperate. You gave us hope. You gave me the chance to fight our way out of poverty. Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you, I have been given the courage to change more lives. I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life….I just heard the final bell.”
Pacquiao’s retirement follows a surprise points defeat to Cuban Yordenis Ugas in August, but that late blip was nothing more than a footnote in a Hall of Fame career that saw the Filipino phenomenon claim world titles from flyweight to super-welterweight and carve his name in boxing immortality.
Everyone at Boxing Social would like to wish Manny the very best in retirement as he embarks on the next chapter of a remarkable life.
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